The marine biology course at Trinitas is designed to introduce senior students to field and laboratory research of local marine organisms and water quality. Each month, the students collect organisms in the field using a seine net and to collect water quality samples. They measure salinity using a refractometer and dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, and nutrients with a water quality test kit. Students gain skills with water quality equipment, gain field experience pulling a seine net, and develop organism identification skills keying out their catch. They have collected organisms such as crabs, shrimp, jellies, and various fish. At the end of the year, students will analyze the complete sample data set and draw conclusions about the diversity and abundance of organisms collected considering the water quality data results.  What an experience for the budding scientist and enthusiast alike!